Working Towards Your Goals: A Year-By-Year Process
It took five years for me to obtain my Bachelor’s degree, one and a half years to obtain my master’s degree, four to six years freelancing and working to develop my skills, and my entire life of loving music and media to begin building a career in Communications.
I don’t like math, but I love counting up the years I’ve spent investing in my education and skill set. As I continue to build on that, because I have no plans to stop investing in myself, I think back to all of the times where I doubted myself.
I doubted what I was doing, and how I was doing it so much. From going to college and feeling like I was struggling to pull my way through. To being semi-traumatized through my master’s because I genuinely did not think it would be as hard as it was. All the way to dealing with post-graduate blues because I did not get the opportunities I wanted right out of school.
Don’t even get me started on entrepreneurship. That was and has been the ultimate struggle. Freelancing or being an entrepreneur is not for everyone, and it damn sure isn’t for people who can’t juggle more than one job at once. That’s what they don’t tell you.
It has been a journey to say the least, and I am still in it for the long haul now that I have a new perspective on it all.
I used to get discouraged thinking I was jogging in place, burning myself out, and getting absolutely nowhere. When all along I had been setting myself up to get to where I ultimately wanted to be. What I had to grow to understand is that everything isn’t going to happen on my time.
I’m a spiritual person, and I believe in God so I pray a lot. I meditate and try to spend time alone to re-calibrate too, especially when I need a lift out of an extended amount of funk about where my life is going. However, I have always pushed myself to keep working and keep pushing no matter how hard things got. Prayer with faith, and with work, has become my biggest go to.
I always used to tell myself, “Something is going to shake.” I just knew in my heart something would work out for me, but in the meantime, I had to keep working hard and forging my way through.
No job wants to hire me? Fine, I started freelancing doing web design and public relations. I got fired? Yup, that happened. I said fine again, I’ll start my own company (Dangerous WomanTM).
I walk, sleep, eat, and talk communications all day long. I knew someone was going to hear and see me. Eventually, someone (or a company rather) did. I finally secured the kind of job I envisioned for myself long ago, and I’m on to working towards my next years-long goals.
So yes, you have been working literally for years!
Your years of education counts. Those odd jobs to keep you afloat while you work on your passions count. Constantly building, growing, and nurturing your network counts. Developing your skills through freelance and contract opportunities count. Working a job you hate, but you know you need the experience? That counts! You are slowly moving forward, and you need you to know it.
This is all an investment, and you are building towards your ultimate goal(s).
Don’t let your mind, missed opportunities, No’s, setbacks or rejection stop you. Push through all of that. Keep working. Take breaks if you need to, but do not give up. You are building your foundation, and something is going to come through for you if you keep working towards it.
Keep talking about it, working on it, and thinking of it. Pray too if that’s your thing. Do what you have to do, but know that sometimes this is a years-long process. You got this!